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Investigators and family members say they don't know what brought an Armstrong County man to Butler Memorial Hospital, where he died in a bathroom with drug paraphernalia and empty heroin stamp bags nearby.

Brent A. Lindsay, 41, of Worthington in Armstrong County was found on Feb. 7 on the floor of a restroom near a laboratory, said Detective Tim Fennell of the Butler County Drug Task Force.

The exact cause of Lindsay's death is pending toxicology reports, said Larry Barr, deputy coroner.

Hospital spokeswoman Connie Downs would not comment on Lindsay's death.

Fentanyl-laced heroin has been responsible for at least 24 deaths in the area, including three in Butler County, according to local health authorities. It is not known whether the bags found near Lindsay had contained fentanyl-laced heroin.

Lindsay was not a hospital employee, and Fennell said he did not know why Lindsay was in the hospital.

His former girlfriend, Brenda Ragan of Worthington, also said she didn't know why Lindsay was there.

“It's horrible. I am heartbroken that this happened,” she said.

Lindsay was the father of three children and coached Little League baseball, she said.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-320-7944 or rwills@tribweb.com.

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